Monday, August 11, 2014

MY LIFE | A Vancouver Visit


As most of you know, I'm originally from the West Coast - what up Vancity! This summer, I took a trip back out to my hometown for a week to catch up with friends and fam. Take a peek:
 
 YYZ-->YVR



 Dessert at Earls



Best Gelato - Bella Gelateria | Cool Pixel Orca

 Delicious meal at The Flying Pig in Gastown - HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Until next time, BC!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Sunday, August 10, 2014

GIVEAWAY | Happy August!!

It's crazy how summer is flying by...August sure came quick! I've put together a huge prize pack for this month's giveaway—hope you enjoy!

Here's what's up for grabs:

Prize includes:
- 1 Always Tampax Travel Pack
- 1 pair of Secret tights
- 1 So...! Kiss Me fragrance
- 1 Vera Wang Lovestruck tote bag
- 1 pack of Sharpie Gel Highliters
- 1 OLAY Fresh Effects BB Cream
- 4 sets of imPRESS nails
- 1 Sally Hansen Salon Effects set of nails
- 1 Etsy greeting card
- 1 pair of Expression earrings
- 2 Kimchi Blue Urban Outfitters bandeaus
- 1 black quilted Urban Outfitters wallet
- 1 RIMMEL London lipgloss
- 1 CoverGirl lipstick

TWO WAYS TO ENTER:

1. Follow me on Twitter (@christinaaa28) & retweet this -

>>HERE<<

2. Leave a comment on this post with your highlight of summer so far.

*Feel free to do both!

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Details:
- Contest open worldwide
- Ends Sunday, August 17th, @ midnight PST
- Winner will be selected at random & notified on Monday, August 18th

GOOD LUCK!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Thursday, August 7, 2014

MY LIFE | Toronto Summer


This summer has been pretty fantastic. It's been full of friends, food and fun times — no complaints! Here's a glimpse into my TO summer so far, via photos.


Becoming besties with pets of friends | Crepes in parks


 'Chicken Lollipops' from Lot St. | SHIBUI Robata Bar opening


 Pretty flowers in my new apartment | Ribs & bacon cocktails from Smoque N Bones


 Mojitos at The Drake Hotel | Cabana Pool Bar opening weekend



Dwayne Gretzky @ Dundas Square | The Weeks @ Lee's Palace


 Peanut butter milkshakes @ The Lakeview | Summer sangria at The Office Pub
 

Coalition Lounge grand opening | Cool artwork on Dundas West

But summer's not over yet! Stay tuned for more of my adventures via Twitter: @christinaaa28

Monday, August 4, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH: Cher Lloyd


It's been a crazy busy time—agh I've been seriously lacking on the blogging. Anyways, here's an interview I did with British popstar Cher Lloyd this summer. Make sure you give her new album Sorry I'm Late a listen!



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Christina Dun: Congrats on the new album! How does it compare to Sticks and Stones?

Cher Lloyd: My first record was very bubblegum pop and very pop-driven, but this record has so many different musical elements. You can’t really pinpoint what genre it really is and that was a conscious decision made by me. There are songs you can cry to and songs you can go out and party to. It’s quite an emotional record and it’s very up and down.

CD: What’s the story behind the album title, Sorry I’m Late?

CL: I was thinking about what I was going to call this album and I knew that I didn’t want to name it after myself. I wanted to make a bit of a statement as well. The record was meant to be out in November and it wasn’t. I was annoyed at that because I knew my fans had waited so long for new music and it was being held back. So that was part of the reason. It also took me a bit of time to get comfortable with experimenting with my music and being able to go and write.

CD: Was there a specific moment when you decided to pursue music as a career rather than just a hobby?

CL: I was about 12 and I would watch all these different music TV shows when they were around and I’d be fascinated by the stage and the lights. The atmosphere and seeing people perform just gave me this massive rush and a buzz. I still get it today, even when I go see people’s shows. I sit there and I’m just itching to get up on the stage and perform. It’s something that every artist feels when they see a stage and a microphone, they just want to be up there. It’s all about keeping that dream alive.

CD: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far in your career?

CL: The most important thing I’ve learned is to stand your ground and make sure you do what you want to do. It can be very easy to slip into the mindset of doing things just to please people and get stuff out there quick. But for me, I’ve learned it’s best to dig your heels in and achieve exactly what you want, than to settle for the things that other people want.



CD: What pushes you to keep making music?

CL: I think the thing that pushes me to keep making music is that I know that if my music wasn’t around, then I’d be very unhappy. Music is really the one thing that keeps me going. I’ve always been a dreamer and I don’t think I’ll ever stop being a dreamer. To be releasing music and being active and out there with my fans, it’s keeping my dream alive and I think I’d be devastated if it were all to go.

CD: You’ve already worked with so many huge names in the industry – who else is on your dream collaboration list?

CL: I would definitely have to say Dolly Parton. Even if we just did a jamming out session and I just sang along, that would be on my list of things to do.

CD: What’s it like to have the support of your Brats?

CL: It’s incredible. If I didn’t have those fans, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. It’s very important to me that they get what they feel they need from me, and that’s always been the music. They’ve been waiting for such a long time and they’re so patient. It’s not every day when you have people who will be so loyal to you.

CD: What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

CL: My advice would have to be to stick with what you believe in and fight for what you believe in too. What’s the point in doing something if it’s not the thing you wanted? You have to do what you feel is right for you and your career.



- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Monday, July 21, 2014

Good Vibes | Monday Playlist


Mondays can be the worst sometimes. Here are some of the tracks I'm listening to today to keep up the good vibes!

#NOWPLAYING

Foxes - "Glorious"


C2C - "Down The Road"

Danity Kane - "Lemonade"

ASTR - "Blue Hawaii"

Flume - "Space Cadet" ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut


Happy Monday y'all :) What are you guys listening to?

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Saturday, July 19, 2014

GIVEAWAY | July Prize Pack [CLOSED]

Here's what's up for grabs this week! :)

Includes:
- 1 ZIGIny t-shirt
- 1 copy of 'Start Something That Matters' by TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie
- 1 sample of U by Kotex
- 1 sample of Playtex Sport
- 1 Splat Hair Color complete kit (Lusty Lavender)
- 1 copy of 'Fashion 101' by Erika Stalder
- 1 pair of Secret tights
- 1 set of imPRESS nails
- 1 NYC New York Color Plumping Lip Gloss
- 1 3FFashions tank top size S

TWO WAYS TO ENTER:

1. Follow me on Twitter & retweet this -

>>HERE<<

2. Leave a comment on this post with your fave part of summer so far.

*Feel free to do both!

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Contest details:
- Open worldwide
- Ends on Saturday, July 26th @ midnight PST

GOOD LUCK! :)

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Saturday, June 28, 2014

NXNE Part 2: Danny Brown, St. Vincent & More


Here are some other highlights from my whirlwind NXNE week of festivities:


YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE

 Danny Brown, June 19
He put on a seriously dope show after finally getting across the border


 St. Vincent, June 20
Funny story about the St. Vincent show......I was with my (tall) friends in the crowd amongst SO many people and I a) still managed to take those photos above, which is QUITE the struggle when you have to find a gap between people's necks and arm pits [I wasn't that close, I had my zoom lens] and b) a drum stick came out of nowhere and fell from the sky, hitting me directly in the face. Aka, I got a battle wound. Worst of all, I don't even know if the drum stick came from the stage, but I didn't even get to keep it. Some girls behind me fought over it. Bitches, I'm the one who got hit in the face with it.......

Anyways, I was blown away by St. Vincent's show that I didn't even care anymore. She has some mad skillz on guitar and KILLED it in corn rows.

NXNE Interactive

In addition to the many, many shows throughout the city, there were also interactive panels/interview sessions with some of the most influential people in the industry. I checked out a keynote with Drake co-manager and OVO founder/creative director Oliver El-Khatib. Gavin Sheppard, of The Remix Project, moderated the in-depth interview, which gave us insight into the development of such a successful brand and the importance of a strong and talented team.


DAKOTA TAVERN

I swung by the Dakota Tavern on June 19 and checked out a fun set by Montreal-based band How Sad


TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR

I had an awesome time at a Red Bull Sound Select show in NYC so I was excited to check out one in Toronto for this festival. The lineup for the night was:
Beca
allie
Young Magic
Autre Ne Veut
& a secret show by Sleigh Bells



Until next year, NXNE 2015!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Friday, June 27, 2014

NXNE: 20th Anniversary Party


NXNE is always a busy time. I had a jam-packed schedule that I had to balance with my part-time job and other life stuff. But I love NXNE because there's so much going on and I can usually time things so that they work out pretty well. One of the first events I checked out was the 20th Anniversary Party at Edward Day Gallery on Queen West.

I had a spot at the red carpet and here's a glimpse of who came out to the party!

Adriiana, musician | Tre Armstrong, choreographer

4Count, musicians

Secret Broadcast, musicians | Jarvis Church, musician

Adam van Koeverden, Olympian |
Jeff Douglas, Talia Schlanger, Lana Gay - CBC

Sunny Fong, fashion designer - VAWK | PRTY H3RO, musician

Marc Maron, comedian

Die Mannequin, musicians

CAI.RO, musicians | 
Amy Matysio, actress & Karrnnel Sawitsky, musician

 Jian Ghomeshi, CBC | Shawn Hewson, fashion designer - Bustle

 Carlos Bustamante, YTV | 
Kirk Pickersgill & Stephen Wong, fashion designers - Greta Constantine

It was a fun night of mingling and such.

 I caught up with the boys of 4Count, who'll be in an upcoming issue of Faze!

NXNE part 2 still to come!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28